Seamless Assessmentby: Mark J. Volkmann and Sandra K. Abell

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Although assessment is tradtionally applied at the end of a unit, evaluating students during instruction can help to eliminate misconceptions and deepen understanding. This 5E sequence on the phases of the Moon demonstrates how assessment can be used throughout instruction to provide information about student learning. Preservice teachers observed the Moon, built models, explored questions with their models, wrote essays, and did a poster presentation.

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  • on Tue May 21, 2019 6:07 PM

This article provides readers with several assessment ideas that are used at each stage in the learning process. I really enjoyed the ideas that were brought up in this article, as the authors recognized the importance of checking for understanding, having students dive deeper, and then taking it to the next level. Many times, I have seen educators who believe assessment is only necessary at the end of the lesson to determine understanding. However, this article looks at assessment from a new angle.

Katie Freewalt
Katie Freewalt

  • on Sat May 18, 2019 11:55 AM

This article gives teachers multiple ideas to successfully implement assessment throughout the learning experience in ways in addition to traditional summative assessments. It is important for educators to incorporate formative assessments throughout the unit to monitor students' progress and successful learning.

Megan VanSkyock  (Versailles, OH)
Megan VanSkyock (Versailles, OH)

  • on Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:21 AM

This article describes how assessment can be embedded in each step of a 5E lesson about moon phases. Many of the assessments are formative and two are used as summative. Figure 1 presented in this article provides an example of assessment purpose through the 5E model. The authors used their model with preservice teachers and briefly identify each of their assessments through the 5E model. More examples of their puzzlers would have improved the article.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 9:55 AM

Using the 5E model of learning the authors demonstrate how to embed assessment into each step of the model. Using a unit about moon phases two diagrams in the article illustrate both the purpose of assessment in each stage of the 5E model and what assessment strategies can be applied in each stage. The supporting text for each stage helps the reader understand how this formative assessment is applied. This is an interesting article that should required reading for all teachers to help them understand how assessment can be easily embedded in the learning cycle.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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